Light, young Zinfandels offer fresh, fruity flavors and an approachable, easy-drinking style. Lighter Zins are typically produced with less mature grapes and little barrel aging. This style of Zin is especially enjoyable with light cheeses, roast turkey, tomato-based sauces, and Asian or Latin cuisine.
Zinfandel wine is happiest when paired with anything from the meat aisle, from barbeque pork ribs, leg of lamb or a big, hearty meal.
A lighter Zinfandel wine is a wonderful red wine food pairing choice for poultry and game fowl, especially when served with a heavier sauce.
Turkey - try Zinfandel for Thanksgiving!
A bigger Zinfandel wine pairs best with tomato-based dishes while lighter Zinfandels make an excellent wine pairing for creamy pastas.
Try pairing Zinfandel with seafood stews and soups, as well as seared or grilled fish.
Cioppino (Tomato and fish stew)
Enjoy Zinfandel with bold, hearty soups, as well as your favorite kind of pizza!
Learn more about which Zinfandel style pairs with your favorite cheese.
Balance the flavors of the wine and cheese. Pair a lighter Zinfandel with milder cheeses, and complement a full-bodied Zinfandel with stronger cheeses.
Some of our favorites to enjoy with Zinfandelic:
Enjoy lighter Zins with milder cheese.
A big Zin is best with a robyst, flavorful cheese. Enjoy these cheese pairings with our Mendocino Zinfandel wine.
Treat a port-like Zin like a dessert wine when selecting cheese pairings.